International Writers Magazine - Our Tenth Year: Musing on World Affairs
Norman A Rubin
While lathering my lower face for the ritual of the morning shave
I got to thinking on the situation in the world today, especially
on my country Israel. As the brush lathered my cheeks I remembered
a poem by Rudyard Kipling 'When wounded you lie on Afghanistans
And the women come
out to carve up the remains, Just roll to your rifle and blow out your
brains And go to your death like a soldier.' Kipling told of the inability
of taming the Afghani fellah The Anglo Indians with their army
failed at Khyber Pass. Later in the modern era, the Russian tried and
failed; now it is the turn of the Americans with their NATO Allies to
feel the sting. While Osama fiddles Afghanistan burns, Gen. McChristal
pleads for more troops to put out the fire.
As I lather the other cheek I thought of the busy schedule of our illustrious
president in promoting a flawed and expensive health reform bill. While
Joe Biden was and still extolling the Stimulus package by proclaiming
that the program created a million jobs, but why has the employment
rate gone up to 9.7% - and Alan Greenspan, late head of the Federal
Reserve in the background painting a gloomy picture where the rate will
exceed 10%. Off course there are jobs going begging nurses, engineers,
medical orderlies, border guards etc.
As I picked up my safety razor and began to remove the stubble I thought
that we were safe from an atomic attack by Iran. But a secret report
indicates that the competent experts at the world's top atomic watchdog
are all in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb
and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic
warhead. President Ahmadinejad did it again when fooled the concerned
nation when he agreed to inspections by IAEA hiding his real intentions.
As I rinsed the blade I thought of a quotation (author unknown) that
would help me, and probably you, to overcome all adversaries
both man and nature "Life is easier that you think. All
you have to do is accept the impossible, do without the indispensable
and bear the intolerable. And be able to smile at anything."
Then I thought that Israel has another hurdle to cross before there
can be peace with the Palestinians. It happen one sunny day that the
Islamic Movement leader Raed Salah stated in the afternoon that he and
his supporters "would pay any price to defend Al-Aqsa [Mosque]"
Well, as the story goes, that prior to the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur,
the head of the Muslim Wakf learned through a rumor that a small fringe
group of Jews, fanatics of the Third temple Movement, want to establish
a Third Temple on the site of the Dome of the Rock and reinstate animal
sacrifices. Off course the hot heads of the Muslim Wakf was bothered
and small riots erupted daily in Jerusalem, which the police put down.
No one knows why the Palestinians decided to stir things up just now
perhaps by Mahmoud Abbas to distract his people from the Palestinian
Authority's unpopular decision not to further exploit the Goldstone
Report. Whatever the reason, protecting the holiness of the Temple Mount
with its Muslim shrines is the only way to bring o together all the
factions of the Palestinians - Fatah in Ramallah, Hamas in Gaza City,
and the Islamic Movement's in the Galilee.
Sadly, not one Palestinian leader spoke out against Raed Salah (Perhaps
they do not want to remark that the Jewish Temple was on the site, which
had been denied for centuries by the faithful.) So once again the Extremists
on both sides are trying to incite violence to prevent peace between
the Israeli and the Palestinians.
1) The 'Temple Mount and Eretz Israel (Land of Israel) Faithful Movement
is a small Orthodox Jewish religious fanatical fringe movement that
wishes to establish a Third Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and re-institute
the practice of ritual sacrifice.. The movement's aim is supported by
only a small minority of the Israeli public the police maintain
control over them and prevent them to enter the Temple Mount.
2) The Islamic Movement is a movement that aims to advocate Islam among
the Arabs living in Israel. It operates on three levels: religious (Islamic
education, religious service), social (welfare services) and nationalistic
(opposition to the State of Israel and support for Palestinian nationalism).
3) It must be noted that the Israel authorities have permitted Muslims
to retain administrative control over their holy places. Israeli authorities
have forbidden Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. And according to a
Jewish religious law, a Jew is forbidden to pray on the Temple Mount.
Peace in Our Time October 14th 2009
As I squeezed the shaving cream tube and pressed the lather into my
bush I commenced my task of the daily ritual of shaving. As I started
to lather my face I got to thinking that the world hasn't changed very
much in Peshwar in Pakistan a suicide explosion occurred and
killed about fifty people and wounded a score more, and In Jerusalem
riots still are erupting. And in the Land of the Free and Brave the
senate is debating the pros and cons of the medical reform bill; each
time talking of increase taxation and rates that will fall on the backs
of the Middle Class. Quote: "Politicians are the same all over.
They promise to build a bridge even when there is no water." (unknown).
Well the Norwegian Nobel Committee picked the US president for the Noble
Peace prize not for his work to bring peace to this world but got the
prize for not being George Bush and for his brilliant elocution. Simple!
I thought they would pick that little dictator in Teheran for his work
in the peaceful uses of the atomic bomb.
In Israel we too have a Nobel Prize Winner -Israeli scientist and a
charming woman, Ada Yonath, a leading researcher in the structural biology
field, was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry by, the Nobel committee
in Stockholm. (Yonath shares the prize with England's Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
and Thomas A. Steitz, an American, for studies of the structure and
function of the ribosome). Now I ask you why couldn't the Norwegian
committee do the same and share the Peace Prize with more deserving
As I rinsed the razor I thought of a new pack to carry on our weary
backs. We have the Goldstone War in Jerusalem where rioters battle police
on a daily basis. It will be the war that was brought upon us by the
Goldstone flawed report on 'Operation Cast Lead' by the Israelis into
Gaza, For better or worse, Operation Cast Lead created a balance - it
weakened Hamas and deterred it, brought a bit of peace to the communities
of Southern Israel, and it strengthened the moderate Palestinians (Fatah)
and enabled them to grow. His report, similar to that infamous propaganda
document 'The Protocols of the Elders', was probably written for his
Goldstoner followers, the Palestinians and the men and women in white
sneakers. The report reflects both the Goldstoners' holy fury and their
complete belief that the Palestinians can do no wrong.
As I wiped my face I thought of that little dictator Ahmadinejad who
is not even recognized by many of his own countrymen and women as a
legitimate ruler, and that the Iranian regime's legitimacy is questionable
within Iran itself. Because he is a fanatical ignoramus his Holocaust
denial is not a cynical ploy. He believes what he says - and he is unlikely
to have invested much time in the historical evidence for the Holocaust.
Now, there is fear that the atomic bomb will be in his possession, but
nobody is doing anything seriously to prevent this from happening.
While the US president basks in the glory of the peace prize, the world
around him goes to pieces there are suicide bombs in Pakistan
the war carries on in Afganistan to back up a corrupt regime
and in the home front his stimulus package did not bring relief
to the unemployed and his medical reform bill will add a financial burden
to the citizens of his country. He still believes in that foolish notion
that housing construction in the West Bank by the Israelis should stop
and that it will bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinian; and
weary George Mitchell, special envoy to the Middle East, skips between
Jerusalem and Ramallah to find a way for some sort of peace deal between
the two adversaries, not understanding the root cause of the problem
who is the rightful inheritor of the ancient Land of Israel?
Dabbing a bit of lotion on my handsome face I thought of Cain and Abel,
two brothers that fought over a bowl of porridge. I now know why the
warring nations, whatever the reason, can't live to together with their
neighbors all for a bowl of porridge.
© Norman Rubin Oct 14th 2009
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